Water & Sanitation Overview

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The overall strategic objective of the Water and Sanitation Department is to contribute to the improvement of community livelihoods through sustainable provision of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene services to the most vulnerable. This ensures a direct contribution to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7, Target 7c, which is to ‘Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation’.

At a national level, the department contributes to the attainment of sector wide goals as spelt out in key policy documents notably: the National Strategy for Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene (2010-­ 2015), the National Environmental Sanitation  and Hygiene Policy, National Water Services Strategy and Pro-Poor Implementation Plan (2007-­2015), the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Strategic Plan, National School Health Policy, National School Health Guidelines, ODF Rural Kenya Campaign Roadmap (2013), Child Survival and Development Strategy, Kenya’s Vision 2030, the Water Act (2002) the Constitution of Kenya (2010) among others.

The WatSan department has also aligned itself to the IFRC Global Water and Sanitation Initiative which outlines a common approach among National Societies to establish large scale, long term sustainable water and sanitation programmes to contribute effectively in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

Water & Sanitation

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  • Over 60% of Kenyans have no access to clean water

  • Over 1.5 million beneficiaries reached


Imagine the horror of living days on end without access to clean water. Drinking water that is interlaced with filth and disease. Sadly, approximately 60% of the Kenyan population live like this, drinking unsafe water every day while 40% have no access to sanitation. Climate change patterns as well as cost of infrastructure limits the delivery of water.

This leads to health hazards such as epidemics stemming from water borne diseases and dirty living environments. Indeed, diarrhoea is still one of the leading causes of mortality. Girls and women often have to trek long distances to fetch water, compromising the girl child’s access to education and limiting the time women can spend on economic endeavours.

The Kenya Red Cross has been working to improve the quality of life across the country and help every Kenyan access this basic right. It has reached 1.5 million beneficiaries with a gross expenditure of US$20 million – translating to US$13 per person. Help us give those in need their basic right to clean water and a chance at a brighter future by donating toward KRC’s Water and Sanitation programme.


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